"National service or bust"

Michael Brown, co-founder and CEO of City Year, speaking at Marquette University

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Michael Brown is co-founder and CEO of City Year, an educational nonprofit organization that places young adults in high-need schools for a year to tutor and mentor students, especially those in risk categories associated with dropping out. Brown has received several honors for his work, including the Reebok Human Rights Award and four honorary degrees, and was named one of America's best leaders by U.S. News & World Report.


Marquette College of Education Dean Bill Henk moderated the discussion with Brown, which focused on the organization's humble beginnings, national service movement, high school dropout crisis and nationwide work of City Year corps members.


Brown and co-founder Alan Khazei had a vision of "national service or bust," which started when they were 20-year-old roommates at Harvard University. They believed that young people could change the world if they committed a year to helping transform schools and neighborhoods. Since 1988, more than 10,000 City Year corps members have served more than 16 millions hours as tutors, mentors and role models to more than one million children, engaging one million citizens in their work and earning access to $39 million in college scholarships through the AmeriCorps National Service Trust.

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